For 2009, the Lotus Elise two-seat convertible sports car introduces the SC trim level and raises the horsepower and speed over previous models. Equipped with rear-wheel-drive, the Lotus Elise is propelled by a 1.8L inline four-cylinder engine packing 189 hp and 133 lb-ft of torque tied to a six-speed manual transmission and can go 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 150 mph. The Lotus Elise SC upgrades to a supercharged I4 engine blasting 218 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque to fly zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The Lotus Elise SC roadster is able to attain high speeds due to a specially designed M45 Easton rotor pack non-intercooled supercharger. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the base Lotus Elise is 21 mpg city/27 mpg hwy, while the supercharged SC engine gets 20/26 mpg. Lotus Elise safety equipment includes an antilock braking system and standard airbags. Lotus Elise performance specifications clearly delineate it as a stylish high-performance sports car for the automotive enthusiast.Read more Read less
There are a few changes for 2009, such as a standard tire pressure monitoring system. Interior upgrades include a high-definition LCD panel, reduced clutter in the dashboard, and customizable display options. The new integrated key design also includes an alarm/immobilizer system.
Distinctive roadster styling; 0-60 in less than five seconds; fuel economy; fun weekend racer
Lotus takes the sports car mentality to heart, with slippery curves, an open top and a 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds. The 4-cylinder Toyota-sourced engine may seem small, but there is not an ounce of extra weight on the Elise, which keeps both the sticker price low and fun quotient high.